why does cain kill his brother abel
God created Adam and Eve on the same day; thus, they were the same age. Following their disobedience and Fall, God cursed the serpent, placed a curse on Eve and cursed the ground for Adam s sake [Genesis 3:14-19]. While they were still in the Garden, we are then given the cryptic words: For Adam and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them (Genesis 3:21). Tunics of skin tells us that a lamb or a goat was killed and, while unstated, what else could this mean except that God instructed Adam in the matter of the atonement sacrifice? The skins were to cover their shame. Adam thus became the priest of the family, and this has always been the birthright of the eldest son (i. e. , the first-born who enjoyed the double-portion blessings). The Genesis account is very brief, and the details are only revealed as we progress through the rest of Scripture. Now in exile from the Garden of Eden, Eve conceived and bore Cain, then conceived again and bore Abel [Gen. 4:1-2]. The brevity of the narrative tends to collapse the timeframe of these events in our thinking. However, while not inspired, the apocrypha claims that Adam and Eve were in the Garden for seven years while Eve was in her late sixties when Cain was born; Abel was born seven years later.
The Genesis account continues: Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground and Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord [while] Abel also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering but He did not respect Cain and Cain was very angry (Genesis 4:2-5). Adam, the priest of the family, had evidently appointed the tasks for his sons. Cain, the first son, evidently had little interest in the priesthood or understanding of the atonement sacrifice, and Adam had given him the harder task working in the sweat of his face amid the thorns and thistles tilling the ground [Genesis 3:17-19]. His younger brother, Abel, was given the task of looking after the sheep for his father s sacrifices. The situation was similar to that for David [1 Samuel 17:28]. A rising resentment in Cain s mind against Abel eventually turned to murder and, when confronted by God, denial and anger that led to Cain s exile. Scripture provides the reason for the murder: Cain who was of that wicked one, and killed his brother because his own works were evil, and his brother s righteous [1 John 3:12]. The evil in this case was a careless attitude toward God. Following Abel s death, Adam knew his wife again and she bore him a son and named him Seth.
For God has appointed another seed for me instead of Abel, whom Cain killed (Genesis 4:25). In Adam s genealogy we are told that Adam was 130 years old when he begat Seth [Genesis 5:3] so that Cain was a mere youth of little more than sixty years when he was sent into exile.
[ Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. [ She said, With the help of the [ a man. Later she gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. from some of the firstborn of his flock. looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast. said to Cain, Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it. Now Cain said to his brother Abel, Lets go out to the field. [ While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him. said to Cain, Where is your brother Abel? I dont know, he replied. Am I my brothers keeper? said, What have you done? Listen! Your brothers blood cries out to me from the ground. and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brothers blood from your hand.
When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. on the earth. , My punishment is more than I can bear. Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence; I will be a restless wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me. said to him, Not so [ seven times over. put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him. and lived in the land of Nod, [ east of Eden. Cain made love to his wife, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Enoch. Cain was then building a city, Enoch. To Enoch was born Irad, and Irad was the father of Mehujael, and Mehujael was the father of Methushael, and Methushael was the father of Lamech. two women, one named Adah and the other Zillah. Adah gave birth to Jabal; he was the father of those who live in tents and raise livestock. and pipes. Zillah also had a son, Tubal-Cain, who forged [ bronze and iron. Tubal-Cains sister was Naamah. Lamech said to his wives, again, and she gave birth to a son and named him Seth, [ saying, God has granted me another child in place of Abel, since Cain killed him. Seth also had a son, and he named him Enosh. [.
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